The Vice Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Epe Branch and Treasurer of NBA Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL) Funmi Adeogun is leading the battle for justice for a lawyer allegedly battered in the course of his work.
The victim, Mr. Friday Osiziate Akpeji, a member of the branch was said to have been battered on his way to the Meiran Police Station on 15th June, 2021.
Following the transfer of the case to Zone 2 of the Nigeria Police Force based on a petition by NBA Epe Human Rights Committee, the committee led by Adeogun finally compelled the issuance of the long-awaited O/C Legal Zone 2 Advice last Wednesday which directed that both the lawyer-victim and the suspect be charged to court for affray. The committee has faulted the Legal Advice and observed that the Police officers involved in the matter were never invited for interrogation.
This has led the fiery Human Rights Committee Chairman to insist that justice must be done in the matter, adding that she would not relent until the main culprits including one Saidi Aremo (aka Gucci) Mr. Monsuru (a.k.a Organizing), Supol Bola and Inspector Olabode both attached to the Meiran Police Station are brought to justice for alleged kidnapping, conspiracy, aiding and abetting crime, threat to life, assault, use of police to disrupt peaceful state setting, economic loss, act likely to cause breach of peace, and illegal police action.
It is recalled that sometime in May 2021, in the course of his duties as a lawyer, Akpeji submitted a petition on threat to life by an alleged dreaded cultist, armed robber, drugs dealer and kidnapper on behalf of his clients, Mr. Andre Patrick Ubi and Mr. Nwachukwu Chikwado. On his way to the Meiran Police Station, the suspect and his accomplices allegedly attacked him at Ile-Iwe, Meiran.
They allegedly took the victim to an uncompleted building on the same street, beat him mercilessly, threatened to kill him, kept him in their custody from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm, and demanded for a ransom of N4.5 million (Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira).
Akpeji was put under intense pressure in the suspects’ den and was forced to call his in-law who paid #10,000 (Ten thousand naira) while his brother subsequently paid N50,000.00 (Fifty thousand naira) to the suspects to secure his release from captivity.
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